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Causes For Bloat?

DexGizandCo

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Recently my guinea pig has gotten a little bloated. Went to the vet and we can't seem to figure it out. She's not sick with bloat because she's acting and eating just fine. The only change recently was a switch to orchard grass because of my other piggy. So I switched her back to Timothy hay to see if that would keep it down. She's started to bloat again.

Her diet is oxbow pellets, hay, orange, green peppers and a baby carrot. I have to do process of elimination now to find what the cause is. Any ideas?
 
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In my experience I've seen bloat happen to varying severity in the following instances:

Adding in new food to a diet too quickly
Feeding rich food that they're not used to (like grass)
Feeding cold food
Feeding food that is slightly off
Medication related

Also, I've found that once they've had bloat then they're more likely to suffer it again, sometimes from things that they're usually fine with.
 

DexGizandCo

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In my experience I've seen bloat happen to varying severity in the following instances:

Adding in new food to a diet too quickly
Feeding rich food that they're not used to (like grass)
Feeding cold food
Feeding food that is slightly off
Medication related

Also, I've found that once they've had bloat then they're more likely to suffer it again, sometimes from things that they're usually fine with.
Thank you!
 

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One of the piggies at our rescue, Tina, kept getting bloat symptoms, but staying her normal happy self, eating, drinking and running around fine.
The vets just couldn't figure it out until an overnight stay with them when she had no nuggets - and magically recovered in twelve hours!
This made us think the nuggets might be to blame! So we moved her onto Rosewood grain free nuggets, and she never suffered with bloat again and has since been rehomed with her sister Medusa!
Could it be a grain allergy with your piggy too?...
 

DexGizandCo

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One of the piggies at our rescue, Tina, kept getting bloat symptoms, but staying her normal happy self, eating, drinking and running around fine.
The vets just couldn't figure it out until an overnight stay with them when she had no nuggets - and magically recovered in twelve hours!
This made us think the nuggets might be to blame! So we moved her onto Rosewood grain free nuggets, and she never suffered with bloat again and has since been rehomed with her sister Medusa!
Could it be a grain allergy with your piggy too?...
That's an interesting point. I may have to try that next. Right now I'm eliminating any sugar from her diet since I usually feed a piece of orange in the morning. I'll look into the grain free food too. Thank you!
 
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